Dante: Messi and Barcelona are the world's best

The Bayern Munich defender has urged his teammates to approach the Champions League tie against the Blaugrana with the right mentality despite their top form.
Bayern Munich center back Dante has labeled Barcelona and Lionel Messi as the best team and player in the world respectively.

The German champions face the Blaugrana in the Champions League semifinals later this month, and the former Borussia Monchengladbach man is wary of the task at hand.

“Of course it will not be easy. We know that Barcelona are the best team in the world, with a very modern game system and a touch of the ball that has no comparison," Dante told Lance. "It will be very difficult to play against Messi, the best player in the world. We will have to give all of us, to show solidarity and run a lot.

"Barcelona are a great team who improvise a lot. We need to approach the two games with a great mentality and strive to reach the final.”

Bayern hosts Barcelona at the Allianz Arena on April 23 and travels to Camp Nou eight days later for the return leg.

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